Blast from the past

Growing up, one of my favorite things about October was not Halloween. (I proudly wore my “this is my costume” t-shirt through most of my middle school and high school years.) Instead, every year, I would look forward to the Harvest Festival.

It had all the great (read: really bad for you) festival foods… the sausage and peppers, funnel cake, snow cones and caramel apples. It had awesome rides. My favorite was the huge slide that you would ride down on a potato sack so you would go extra fast. It had a petting zoo and hay rides.

Even though I haven’t been to a Harvest Festival in over 10 years, I still remember the last one. It poured rain – so badly that they closed down hours early. When I came home from college in October my freshman year, I was so disappointed to learn that they weren’t doing the festival anymore.

Until this year…

My mom emailed me a couple weeks ago telling me that they were bringing the festival back. Instead of being a weekend long event, it was only one day, but I didn’t care. I was so excited to be able to share one of my favorite memories with Andrew (and Hubby, who has heard me lament the shutting down on the festival on more than one occasion).

Andrew just thought that we were going up to see my parents, who just got back from a trip to Italy. We had to tear him away from his trains and bike races, but he had a great time. We played at the petting zoo, feeding sheep, rams and even a big cow. Andrew went through this fun house about 30 times – he raced through ball pits, up cargo nets, ran across a rickety bridge and slid down a massive slide.

Although he steadfastly refused to get his face painted, he begged for a pumpkin on his cheek after meeting a cute (older) girl who was sporting one on her right cheek. Luckily, he didn’t see the dessert tent and actually ate a hot dog, one bite at a time as a condition for getting back on line for the fun house.

The festival was a bit scaled down, but I am so glad they brought it back. Hopefully they continue the tradition next year so we can continue to share it with Andrew.

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